Partial crown restoration is a reliable treatment option for tooth decay. This restorative treatment method uses porcelain that aesthetically matches and functionally replaces the missing tooth structure, and it can be completed in just one office visit.
What Is a Partial Crown?
A partial crown, which may also be called an inlay or onlay, is a restorative dental treatment used when there isn’t enough of a tooth structure to support a filling, but the structure isn’t large enough for a full crown. Partial crowns are made of orally biocompatible porcelain, which is similar in look and function to a natural tooth. This restorative dental procedure is typically used to treat cavities and tooth decay.
A partial crown is called an “inlay” when it’s positioned between the small points (called cusps) at the back of a tooth. It’s called an “onlay” if it covers at least one of these points. However, the processes for positioning inlays and onlays are identical.
How Are Partial Crowns Applied?
The process of having a partial crown placed is similar to the process of placing a regular crown. However, with a partial crown, less of your natural tooth will be drilled off. With a partial crown, the goal is to maintain as much of your natural tooth as possible. Plus, partial crowns can generally be placed in just one office visit, allowing you to leave our office with a restored smile.
To apply a partial crown, the decayed sections of tooth will first be removed. Then, after the tooth has been fully prepared, we’ll take an image of the tooth using our CAD/CAM camera to create the custom inlay or onlay.
After the porcelain partial crown has been made, your dentist will cement it to your tooth. This dental procedure produces long-lasting results. You can ensure that your partial crown will last for many years by practicing proper dental hygiene.
To learn more about the benefits of partial crowns, contact our office today.